Group 10 out Big for Final GBA 125th Anniversary Member Meeting
A big crowd was on hand Tuesday in Athens for our 10th and final 125th
Anniversary Member Meeting. As has been the case throughout the
meetings, attendees heard from GBA leaders and volunteers about their
backgrounds in banking and the value GBA has brought to their careers
and their banks. Group 10 board member Rhodes McLanahan, First
American Bank & Trust Company, Athens, led the meeting, and former
chairman Jackson McConnell, Pinnacle Bank, Elberton, shared GBA’s
background story. Volunteers who shared their career stories were
Leadership GBA Vice President Andrew Ainslee, Bank of Madison,
Asset Liability Management Committee Chair Scott Wilson, Pinnacle
Bank, and Community Bankers Committee Chair Dawn Griffin, Liberty
First Bank, Monroe.
See details and what GBA Chairman Palmer Proctor had to say about our
Iffy Arbitration Rule Takes Effect, Efforts to Void Continue
The CFPB’s final rule that severely constricts the use of mandatory
arbitration agreements in consumer financial contacts went into effect
Monday. The agency Friday issued a
entity compliance guide about the rule. Compliance is required on or
after March 19, 2018. The compliance guide details who is covered by the
rule, language that’s required in certain arbitration agreements and record
submission rules, among other items. GBA and others continue to oppose the
rule, and we’re optimistic that Congressional Action will move forward to
void the rule.
Last Call for GBA’s President/CEO, Bank Counsel and Bank Accountant
There’s still time to register for GBA’s
Bank Counsel or
Bank Accountant Conferences on Oct.1-3 at The Ritz-Carlton
Lodge, Reynolds Plantation, Greensboro. The conference agendas are
packed with timely information. You’ll also have several opportunities
to network with your fellow bankers, bank attorneys and accounting
firms. So be sure and register today! With questions, please contact
Member Profile: Barber Encourages Bankers to Build Diverse Skills
GBA’s Group 7 board member Ken Barber
coaches his 10-year-old son’s baseball team, so it should be no surprise
he’s got a quick pitch when it comes to advice for young bankers, too.
“I always tell young people to study business and try to find a position
that will allow them to see all parts of the bank,” he says. He advises
them to also consider bank operations and accounting, and to look to
eventually transition to lending. That’s just some of the wisdom he
shares that he’s learned from a 41-year career in banking. Learn more
about Barber, president and CEO, ServisFirst Bank, Atlanta, in this
GBA member profile here…
FDIC and Fed Could Be Subject to Appropriations Process
The ABA and ICBA wrote to members of the Senate Appropriations
Committee leadership yesterday urging them to reject provisions included in
the House appropriations bill for FY2018 that would bring the FDIC and the
non-monetary functions of the Federal Reserve under the appropriations
process. The groups noted that such a change would disrupt the current fee
structure that banks have already incorporated into their business plans,
potentially requiring them to divert additional resources away from serving
customers. Read the
letter and with questions call
Joe Brannen at 404.420.2026 or
Elizabeth Chandler at 404.420.2027.
Compliance Conference Held This Week
Compliance professionals from GBA banks across the state gathered this
week in Macon for a heavy dose of compliance-related education, updates,
and networking. The conference kicked off on Wednesday with a
celebration of GBA’s 125th Anniversary and a commemorative nod to the
Macon locale as the place where GBA was founded in 1892. The
GBA Compliance Committee,
which plans and hosts the annual conference, is led by chair Janna
Elrod, SVP of Compliance, BSA, CRA, and Internal Audit at First
Landmark Bank in Marietta, and vice chair Sterling Williams,
chief risk officer at BrandBank, Lawrenceville.
More highlights here...
Regulatory Guidance about Hurricane Relief Updated
The FDIC earlier in the week updated its statements about efforts by
banks to help customers affected by Hurricane Irma to include banks in
Georgia. The guidance states that prudent efforts to help customers will
not be subject to examiner criticism, and outlines the type of actions
such as ATM and other fee waivers and reasonable loan payment extensions
that are considered prudent.
Read the updated statement here.
Loan Documentation Seminar – Sept. 27
There’s still time
to register to learn how to prevent loan losses at GBA’s
seminar Sept. 27 at The Brickyard Golf Club in Macon. This full-day seminar
is designed to help your bank avoid unnecessary losses through the
implementation of proper loan structuring and documentation techniques.
Internal Audit Seminar – Sept. 28
Don’t miss GBA’s next
seminar presented in partnership with Crowe Horwath, LLP, on Sept. 28 at
Idle Hour Country Club in Macon! Mike Thomas, partner, Crowe Horwath, LLP,
will lead a practical, hands-on discussion of effective practices in
auditing the Electronic Funds Transfer function, the deposit function and
the branch operations function as well as recent trends in financial
Georgia BankPAC Golf Classic – Oct. 18
Registrations are rolling in for Leadership GBA's
Georgia BankPAC Classic scheduled for Wednesday,
Oct. 18, at The Club at River Forest, Forsyth. It’s a great
opportunity to invite your legislators and directors to meet and play
golf with your colleagues. This two person scramble tournament is sure
to be fun plus you’re helping GBA’s StatePAC. Registration is $150 per
person, $250 per team or $450 for a team and hole sponsorship ($100
savings!). The proceeds will be donated to the GBA StatePAC. To
click here. Or if you’d like to be a tournament sponsor,
click here review available sponsorship opportunities.
Please call GBA’s
Susie McGehee at 404.420.2010 with questions about the
The Information Security Officer (ISO) Seminar – Oct. 19
prospective ISOs, network administrators and compliance officers can all
learn more about the regulatory requirements and internal responsibilities
of an ISO at GBA’s
Information Security Officer
seminar Oct. 19 at The Brickyard Golf Club in Macon. Tom Hinkel of Safe
Systems will address regulatory expectations as well as reporting to the
board of directors, coordinating with network administrators, leading the IT
Steering Committee, interfacing with auditors and examiners and more.
Participants will receive helpful checklists and whitepapers as well as
Certificates of Completion. Register by Oct. 11 for the early-bird price of
$225 per person.
Click here to register online...
Marketing Peer Group Oct 24:
CRM Session and Roundtable Discussion
GBA member bank and
Associate Member marketing officers and any banker with marketing
responsibilities will not want to miss the next
Marketing Peer Group Meeting
Oct. 24 at Idle Hour Country Club in Macon. Thanks to GBA's
for planning a program with timely sessions on the tools and strategies
that will keep your bank relevant in today's environment. Kicking off
the meeting will be Al Suosso, solutions specialist with Jack
Henry & Associates, discussing customer relationship management (CRM)
sales and service planning tools. Roundtable discussions will begin
after lunch. Topics
include available resources, sharing experiences and hot topics.
Registration is $125 per person.
Click here to register online...
Southeastern Community Bank Symposium – Nov. 1
Southeastern Georgia community banks! GBA along with Georgia Southern
University Center for Excellence in Financial Services will host its annual
Southeast Georgia Community Bank Symposium.
This event is scheduled for Nov. 1 at the Nessmith-Lane Center, Georgia
Southern University, Statesboro. It will feature leading industry experts
who will focus on the many issues facing the banking industry today. A
detailed agenda will be included in the Bulletin soon. Registration is $159
Click here to register.
With questions, please contact GBA’s
at 404.420.2010 or
Fall Financial Risk Management Conference Looks at Big Picture, Digs
Into Details - Nov. 7-8
Be sure your fall professional education calendar includes the GBA
Financial Risk Management Conference Nov. 7-8 at the Atlanta Marriott
Northwest Hotel. At this year’s conference, we’ll take a high-level look
at some issues, such as Trends Impacting Your Business in 2018 and
Economic Expectations. We’ll also get into the weeds with a session on
The ALCO Package - Best Practices for Preparation and Communication.
Todd Patrick, SVP of Capital Markets at CenterState Bank, will lead
a conversation among four Georgia bank CFOs who will discuss what
information is necessary and what is critical in your ALCO package.
Learn more here...
Registration Open for GBA 2017 Credit Conference
If you’re responsible for handling daily credit challenges in your
financial institution, make plans now to attend the GBA Credit
Conference Dec. 7-8 at the Atlanta Marriott Renaissance Waverly
Hotel. Hosted annually by GBA’s
Credit Committee, this conference draws about 100 bankers from
around Georgia. This year’s program features an exceptional slate of
professionals and sessions you are certain to benefit from.
Hear from Banking Commissioner Kevin Hagler, economist Roger
Tutterow and more...
GBA Schools By the Numbers - Tuition and Deadlines for Your Budget
With budgeting for
the coming year at the top of your list, we've put together
a checklist for tuition and deadlines for the 2018 sessions of Georgia
Banking School and GBA Basic Compliance School, which will be held
concurrently May 6-11 at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing
Education and Hotel in Athens, GA.
Click here for the checklist...
NEW-Legal Foundations in Banking
in Banking presents the underlying legal structure for conducting the
business of banking. This course covers key legal requirements affecting
banks and bankers, as well as core language that must be understood to be
effective. It provides the critical legal knowledge that every banker should
Banking 101 Courses Available
Fundamentals includes three 4-week courses that combine the principles of
the banking industry with real-world application. Ideal for emerging bankers
or bankers seeking to gain an understanding of the changing world of
it is an
online, paperless, series of courses the combines peer collaboration with
instructor guidance. The member price of each session is $215.
Upcoming GBA-U Webinars
A GBA-U Webinar is a great way to quickly get the training you need
without travel or time out of the bank. Webinars are live and allow time
for questions and answers. The $265 registration price gives you access
to one website "seat," one telephone site license and all handout
materials. If you can't attend the webinar, you may buy the CD of the
recording, handout materials and/or a password to see the session
online. With questions, please contact GBA's
Katina Prokos at 404.420.2021.
Here is a sample of upcoming offerings...
Fill a Job, Find a Job with the GBA Job Bank
The GBA Job Bank is among the most popular and valuable benefits we
provide to member banks and bankers.
The Positions Available and
Bankers Available sections on our website consistently are among
the most visited pages. Best of all, the service costs nothing for
member banks and bankers. To make the process of posting a job or resume
easier and to answer any questions you may have,
we've developed this Q & A document as a resource. It outlines
how to submit open positions and resumes, our deadlines and timelines
for posting, and other helpful details. If you have any questions,
please contact GBA's
Bo Brannen at 404.420.2014.
GBA Community Connections
We want to share
all the good work GBA member banks, bankers, Associate Members and Bank
Counsel Section members do to support their communities. Read all about the
Community Connections our banks and members have below. Share your Community
Connections by sending a brief paragraph and any photos of activities you
have to us and we'll publish them at our earliest opportunity. Send
or if your company would like to sponsor this content, let us know.
Here's our latest installment...
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Read All About It: Send Us Your News
Please remember to include the Georgia Bankers Association on the list of
recipients for announcements about promotions, new employees and special
recognition your bank has received. We want to share your news with your
colleagues across the state. Please forward your announcements and photos to
David Oliver and Bogan Brannen